Office Locations: Bldg. Ingegneria Industriale/Room 2120/55
Phone: +39 06 72597192
E-mail: pizzoferrato@uniroma2.it


Associate Professor: University of Rome Tor Vergata


1987: Ph.D (Solid State Physics), University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy


2004.10 –Present Associate Professor, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
1987.9 – 2004.9 Research Associate, Faculty of Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
1986.7 – 1987.8 Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy


  1. Synthesis and characterization of functionalized nanomaterials
  2. Layered Double Hydroxides
  3. Carbon-based nanomaterials
  4. Optical properties of innovative materials
  5. Optical sensors for the detection of heavy metals
  6. Hybrid organic/inorganic materials for optical emitters
  7. Nonlinear optical materials


Roberto Pizzoferrato received Ph.D. from University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy, in 2000. During his Ph.D. he worked at the synchrotron facility of the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati (Rome) implementing the first experimental setup for two-photon spectroscopy simultaneously combining laser and synchtron radiation. Insulating crystalline materials were studied with this innovative approach and new values of the energy gap in some ionic crystals were attributed. He is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Industrial Engineering of University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. Prior to which, he was Research Associate at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. In 1990 he worked at the Rockwell Corporation Science Center of Thousand Oaks (CA) within a “Consultant Agreement” and carried out experiments on nonlinear optics in artificial Kerr materials such as liquid suspensions of polymer particles. He then worked on many other aspects of material science, especially in relation to optical properties.  He is associate editor for Sensors. He has authored/coauthored more than 120 papers in refereed journals, with SCI H index of 21. He is now focusing on the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials for sensor and energy storage applications.


  • 120+ publications in peer-reviewed journals
    • H-index = 23 (Google Scholar), 21 (scopus)



Selected publications:

  • Pizzoferrato, T. Ziller, A. Micozzi, A. Ricci, C. Lo Sterzo, A. Ustione, C. Oliva, A. Cricenti. “Suppression of the excimer photoluminescence in a poly(arylene-ethynylene) co-polymer”. Chem. Phys. Lett. 414 (2005) 234
  • Pizzoferrato, T. Ziller, R. Paolesse, F. Mandoj, A. Micozzi, A. Ricci, C. Lo Sterzo. “Optical properties of novel Er-containing co-polymers with emission at 1530 nm”. Chem. Phys. Lett. 426 (2006)124
  • Bocchinfuso, A. C. Mazzuca, A. Palleschi, Pizzoferrato, P. Tagliatesta. “Photophysical Properties of 1,3,5-Tris(2-naphthyl)benzene and Related Less-Arylated Compounds: Experimental and Theoretical Investigations” J. Phys. Chem. 113 (2009) 14887 (2009)
  • Pizzoferrato, R. Francini, S. Pietrantoni, R. Paolesse, F. Mandoj, A. Monguzzi, F. Meinardi. “Effects of Progressive Halogen Substitution on the Photoluminescence Properties of an Erbium-Porphyrin Complex”. J. Phys. Chem. A 114(12) (2010) 4163-4168
  • Orsini, P.G. Medaglia, D., Scarpellini, R. Pizzoferrato, R., C. Falconi, “Towards high-performance, low-cost quartz sensors with high-density, well-separated, vertically aligned ZnO nanowires by low-temperature, seed-less, single-step, double-sided growth”. Nanotechnology, 24(35) (2013) 355503
  • Scarpellini, C. Falconi, P. Gaudio, A. Mattoccia, P.G. Medaglia, A. Orsini, R. Pizzoferrato, M. Richetta. “Morphology of Zn/Al layered double hydroxide nanosheets grown onto aluminum thin films.” Microelectronic Engineering, 126 (2014) 129-133
  • Scarpellini, C. Leonardi, A. Mattoccia, L. Di Giamberardino, P.G. Medaglia, G. Mantini,F. Gatta, E. Giovine, V. Foglietti, C. Falconi, A. Orsini, R. Pizzoferrato. “Solution-grown Zn/Al layered double hydroxide nanoplatelets onto Al thin films: Fine control of position and lateral thickness”. Journal of Nanomaterials, 16(1) (2015) 178
  • Zammit, F. Mercuri, S. Paoloni, M., Marinelli and R. Pizzoferrato. “Simultaneous absolute measurements of the thermal diffusivity and the thermal effusivity in solids and liquids using photopyroelectric calorimetry”. Journal of Applied Physics, 117(10) (2015) 105104.
  • Tagliatesta and R. Pizzoferrato . “Synthesis and characterization of new ferrocene, porphyrin and C60 triads, connected by triple bonds”. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 787 (2015) 27-32.
  • Chiarini, A. Ricci, R. Pizzoferrato, S. Santi, S., C. Lo Sterzo. “Design, synthesis and optoelectronic properties of aminoacid derivatives of poly (Arylene ethynylene) platforms: Hybrid bio-synthetic systems for sensoring applications”. Current Organic Chemistry, 19(12) (2015) 1063-1076.
  • Richetta, L. Di Giamberardino, A. Mattoccia, P.G. Medaglia, R. Montanari, R. Pizzoferrato, D. Scarpellini, A. Varone, S. Kaciulis, A. Mezzi, P. Soltani, A. Orsini. “Surface spectroscopy and structural analysis of nanostructured multifunctional (Zn, Al) layered double hydroxides”. Surface and Interface Analysis, 48(7) (2016) 514-518.
  • Pizzoferrato, R., Ciotta, E., Ferrari, I. V., Braglia, M., Medaglia, P. G., Mattoccia, A., L. Di Giamberardino, M. Richetta, P. Knauth, M. L. Di Vona, “Ionic conductivity of ZnAl layered double hydroxide films grown on aluminum substrate”. Solid State Ionics, 314, (2018) 30-35.
  • Ciotta, P. Prosposito, P., Tagliatesta, C. Lorecchio, L. Stella, S. Kaciulis, P. Soltani, E. Placidi and R. Pizzoferrato. “Discriminating between different heavy metal ions with fullerene-derived nanoparticles”. Sensors, 18(5) (2018). 1496
  • R. Pizzoferrato, E. Ciotta, I.V. Ferrari, R. Narducci, L. Pasquini, L., A. Varone, M. Richetta, S. Antonaroli, M. Braglia, P. Knauth, M.L. Di Vona. “Layered double hydroxides containing an ionic liquid: ionic conductivity and use in composite anion exchange membranes”. ChemElectroChem, 5(19) (2018) 2781-278


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